Q: What is the wind chill temperature?
A: Wind chill temperature is the temperature it feels like outside to people and animals. Wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by the combined effects of wind and cold.
Q: What is frostbite?
A: Frostbite is the result of the body tissue freezing and most frequently affects the extremities such as fingers, nose and toes. Symptoms include a pale white appearance and loss of feeling in these extremities.
Q: What is an anemometer?
A: An anemometer is a device for measuring wind speed.
Q: What is hypothermia?
A: Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature falls below 95°F. Hypothermia is caused by exposure to cold and is aggravated by wet conditions, wind and exhaustion. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, disorientation, memory loss, slurred speech, incoherence, drowsiness and exhaustion.
Q: Is frostbite possible when the temperature is above freezing but the wind chill is below freezing?
A: The air temperature has to be below freezing in order for frostbite to develop on exposed skin. Wind chill cannot bring the temperature to below freezing for humans and animals when the thermometer shows it is above freezing, so you will not get frostbite; however, you might get hypothermia from exposure to cold. You can only get frostbite if the actual air temperature, not the wind chill temperature, near your skin is below freezing.
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